Plastic dip tools

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Plastic dip tools
If tools do not have plastic handles, coat them with plastic dip (steel wrench image by Warren Millar from

Plastic dip or plasti dip is a plastic coating that can be used to coat metal objects such as tool handles. This do-it-yourself product is a way to cushion the handles of metal objects that may get hot in the sun or may degrade over time if left out in the elements.

What is Plastic Dip?

Plastic dip is a liquid that is available in most hardware stores. It is made out of vinyl and will dry in the air. Plastic dip shrinks to the size of the tool that it covers, which means that it forms a perfect seal around tool handles. You also can remove plastic dip if it begins to crack over time or if you decide that you prefer the handle as it was. Use a utility knife to score the edge and then peel the dip away.

Plastic dip tools
Unlike plastic handles, plastic dip is removable when it cracks (Sharp pliers with blue handles image by Olga Sapegina from

Varieties of Plastic Dip

There are several varieties of plastic dip. Make sure that you get the correct one for tools. Plasti Seam is a product for tent seams and other outdoor equipment, Vyna Bond is for vinyl repairs, and liquid electrical tape is for electrical appliances. Look for the liquid rubber coating to ensure that you use the right product for the job.

Using Plastic Dip

Open up the container of plastic dip and simply dip the handle of the tool inside.

You can customise the colour of the dip if desired. Visit a paint store and ask for a small tube of tinting paste, then use about one-third of a 28.4gr tube to tint the package of dip. One can of dip will cover about 5 square feet, and a spray can of plastic dip will cover 6 square feet at a thickness of 10 millimetres.

When you have finished using the dip, store it in an airtight container. Over time, air can enter the seal and may solidify the plastic dip. A zipper-style freezer bag, for instance, helps protect the dip from drying out.

Plastic dip tools
Use tints to colour the plastic dip (rainbow paint image by Lev Aleshin from

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